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TAPB Judging Comments

Judging comments are now available from the 2015-2016 TAPB contest. Some judges made extensive comments, while others had no comment. You are welcome to use the judging comments in your promotions. Please email AP’s Diana Heidgerd, dheidgerd@ap.org , to get the judging comments emailed to you. Thank you.

Promoting your TAPB awards

Each year the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (“TAPB”) recognizes excellence and achievement in journalism with awards in various categories. Your promotion must state the “Texas Associated Press Broadcasters” (NOT Associated Press) as the award’s source. — Promotional use of the word “Best” will apply only to first-place winners. Any use of a reference to a TAPB award that in any way misleads the public about a TAPB award, including but not limited to distorted or exaggerated claims, is strictly prohibited. Violations of either the spirit or intent of this prohibition may result in the disqualification of the offending entity from TAPB contests for a one-year period. TAPB board reserves all rights to determine the truthfulness of any promotion that uses a reference to TAPB awards. The TAPB will be the sole determiner of whether or not a violation has occurred.

The latest board actions

April 25, 2015, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors annual meeting—business session

Here is a review of the April 25, 2015, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors annual meeting/business session at the Headliner’s Club in Austin, with:

— CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco
— TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin
— RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston
— and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd
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A. FINANCES:
_ TAPB annual financial statement: Balance $47,684.26
(NOTE: Total will be higher following payment of several hundred dollars pending prior to banquet night)

B. BILLS to be paid (invoices presented):
Board approved payment of the following bills:
— Alpha Graphics, $321.50, for banquet night program.
— Grubbs Graphics: $699.59, for 2nd place certificates.
— Contest assistant/coordinator Cyndy Moore: $1,837.50.
— Trophies Inc., $7,573.91, for 1st place (TV) & other trophies.
— Level 3 Communications, for April 8, 2015, board conference call: $17.77.

C. CONTEST REVIEW:
— 2015 total stations entered: 36 (29 TV & 7 radio stations). Total entries: 674 (580 TV and 94 radio). Total entry fees: approx $33,265. (NOTE: Individual entry fees increased $5 this year to help cover higher administrative/processing costs, along with cost of using PayPal).
— Any contest-related issues? Board suggested if nobody enters any of these specific categories next year (2nd year in a row no entries), that the board will consider eliminating the categories:
No Entries in Radio Division A:
Sports Anchor or Anchor Team
Sports Story or Sports Series
Sportscast
Sports Play-by-Play
News Anchor or Anchor Team
Commentary-Editorial
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No Entries in Radio Division B:
Sports Anchor or Anchor Team
Investigative Report
Documentary
Spot News By A Station
Commentary-Editorial
…..
No Entries in Television Division 1:
Sports Special
News Anchor or Anchor Team
Online/Special Content
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D. ELECTION of 2015-2016 TAPB Board. Entire board was re-elected:
_ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco
_ VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas-Fort Worth
_ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston
_ TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin
_ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston
_ RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Vacant

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E. OTHER BUSINESS?
— Board decided the next TAPB convention will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Headliners Club in Austin. Board voted to authorize payment of $1,000 deposit to the Headliners Club to hold the date.

No other business.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Board Actions

Here is an UPDATED review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters conference call on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, with:

_ CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco
_ TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston
_ RADIO PRESIDENT: Jack Williams, KUHF, Houston
_ and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd

1. TAPB Balance: $47,811.44
NOTE: A PayPal amount of $1,824 was wrongly applied to the TAPB account balance as provided for the March 14, 2015, board meeting. That balance should have been $53,766.96 (not $55,590.96 as originally listed).

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2. BILLS to be paid: Board approved payment of following bills:
— $50 for April for webmaster Noble Sprayberry, who also submitted an invoice for three additional hours, at $50 per hour, for work done related to updating www.tapb.org, getting contest results on the website, updating PayPal for banquet registration. Total to Noble Sprayberry: $200
— AP’s Diana Heidgerd, reimbursement of $151.42, for March 14 hotel nights for two TAPB board members, Jenny Martinez & Michelle Chism, at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Addison, on hand for the board meeting at the Dallas AP office. Cost per night: $75.71. Diana paid on her personal credit card.
CHECKS for April 25 banquet (will need to be co-signed by Jenny Martinez):
— $300 for Jack Plunkett, photographer for the TAPB convention (same person as last year).
— $75 for Sarah Beyer, handling beverage tickets at the TAPB convention (same person as last year).
— Approve spending $500 for the “kitty” — petty cash needed to make change for registration & drinks at the TAPB convention (same amount as last year). Please make check out to AP’s Diana Heidgerd, all leftover funds to be returned to TAPB.
— NOTE: The board, during the March 14 meeting in Dallas, agreed to a $5,000 TAPB scholarship for Orlando Vargas, who attends the University of Texas-Pan American. This check was approved, but it still needs to be signed by Texas AP Bureau Chief Dale Leach & then co-signed by chairwoman Jenny Martinez. We’ll have the check signed by Leach and mailed to Jenny, to present to Vargas, who works part-time at KRGV. She’ll also have scholarship winner photos taken, to be posted at www.tapb.org. Vargas will also attend the April 25 banquet in Austin.
— TAPB still does not have a bill from contest administrative person Cyndy Moore. Diana has sent her an email again requesting the bill.
— TAPB board on March 14 approved spending up to $300 for a “Best of Show” reel, produced last year by KCBD-TV, but the station unable to do so this year. Jenny Martinez asked her assistant news director, David Silva, to handle. The $300 check needs to be made out to David Silva. Diana will have webmaster Noble Sprayberry email the TAPB logo to Jenny, to pass along to David. Diana has emailed Jenny the Headliners Foundation/TAPB 1st place winners in several categories, which could be used.
n Board members, via email on April 13, 2015, approved Diana Heidgerd spending $300 or so on gift cards to be given out as door prizes during the April 25 TAPB convention in Austin. (Same amount as last year)

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3. TAPB CONVENTION:
— Board approved following agenda for the TAPB business session, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Headliners Club in Austin.
A. FINANCES: (The TAPB annual financial statement will be presented)
B. BILLS to be paid:
C. CONTEST REVIEW:
— 2015 total stations entered: 36 (29 TV & 7 radio stations). Total entries: 674 (580 TV and 94 radio). Total entry fees: approx $33,265. (NOTE: Individual entry fees increased $5 this year to help cover higher administrative/processing costs, along with cost of using PayPal).
— Any contest-related issues?
No Entries in Radio Division A:
Sports Anchor or Anchor Team
Sports Story or Sports Series
Sportscast
ports Play-by-Play
News Anchor or Anchor Team
Commentary-Editorial
……
No Entries in Radio Division B:
Sports Anchor or Anchor Team
Investigative Report
Documentary
Spot News By A Station
Commentary-Editorial
…..
No Entries in Television Division 1:
Sports Special
News Anchor or Anchor Team
Online/Special Content
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D. ELECTION of 2015-2016 TAPB Board:
— Chairman
— Vice Chairman
— TV President
— TV Vice President
— Radio President
— Radio Vice President
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E. OTHER BUSINESS?

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TAPB BANQUET:
— Board approved awards banquet program, similar to last year’s event. Diana also suggests, for ease of putting it all together, that winners be listed by division – not category. The winners will still be announced in groups, just stagger the announcements – do a few categories in TV Division 1, then a few from TV Division 2, then TV Division 3, TV Division 4, Radio A & Radio B, etc.
— Board selected banquet meal of marinated grilled chicken breast with creamed goat cheese & sauteed mushrooms, at $29.95 per person, plus the Headliners wedge salad. Dessert will be chocolate fudge pie, at an additional $7 per person.

No other business. The board will reconvene Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Headliners Club in Austin for the group’s business session.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 Board Actions

Here is a review of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the AP office in Dallas, with:

 

— CHAIRWOMAN: Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV, Weslaco

— VICE CHAIRMAN: Matt Thomas, KRLD Radio, Dallas

— TV PRESIDENT: Jack Acosta, KHOU, Houston

— TV VICE PRESIDENT: Michelle Chism, KVUE, Austin

— and Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd

 

 

  1. TAPB balance: $55,590.96.
  1. BILLS: Board approved payment of following bills:

— $50 webmaster fee for March to Noble Sprayberry

— $18.02 to Level 3 Communications for February conference call

— $128.55 to Dallas AP’s Diana Heidgerd, reimbursement for 80 US postage stamps (for TAPB mailings) plus water/snacks for board meeting on Saturday ($52.77) plus cost for board/box lunches/beverages from Corner Bakery ($75.78). TOTAL: $128.55

 

  1. REVIEW of TAPB radio/TV contest results.

— TAPB radio & TV contest results moved on the AP wire on Friday afternoon, March 13. Results are also now posted at: www.tapb.org

— Board approved Diana Heidgerd purchasing $50 American Express gift cards for each of the 25 judges (same as last year). Cost: $1,250 (before any fees).

— Board approved Diana Heidgerd purchasing $100 AMEX gift cards for the current five board members, as the annual thank-you for your year of work. (Same as last year). Cost:  $500 (before any fees).

NOTE: Diana had a promotional code that waived activation fees for all of the AMEX gift cards, just added $8.95 total shipping. Total cost: $1,758.95 (Diana will submit receipt).

 

  1. FOIFT:

— Board (minus board member Jenny Martinez, whose station entered the category) selected a winner for the annual TAPB/Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas award.

The winner will be announced during the April 25 TAPB convention in Austin.

 

  1. SCHOLARSHIP:

— Board selected Orlando Vargas of Edinburg to receive a $5,000 TAPB scholarship. Vargas attends the University of Texas-Pan American with a goal of graduating in 2016 with a degree in mass communication. Congratulations Orlando!

 

  1. TAPB BANQUET: Saturdaynight, April 25, 2015.

— Registration cost for the TAPB banquet will be same as last year, $50 per person. Diana will work with AP’s Barry Bedlan to see about setting up PayPal for registration and getting the advisory moving on the wire and posted at www.tapb.org

— Diana has arranged same photographer as last few years, Jack Plunkett, cost will be $300.

— Diana has contacted the same gal who did the beverage/tickets table as last year, Sarah Berger, cost would be $75, confirmation pending

— Board endorsed doing another “Best of Show” reel. Contacted ex-TAPB chairman Benji Snead, who says he believes someone at his former station (KCBD-TV in Lubbock) can probably do Best of Show again. Board decided to pay $300.

 

  1. HEADLINERS:

_ Diana will process the TAPB first-place winners, in several categories, to advance to Headliners Foundation competition.

_ Board voted to donate $1,000 to Headliners Foundation for annual TAPB scholarship.

NOTE: The Headliners Foundation luncheon, to honor its winners, will be Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Headliners Club in Austin. TAPB board will be invited, Diana also plans to attend.

 

  1. TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS FALL SEMINAR

_ To be held Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the J.W. Marriott in Austin. TAPB board voted to donate $3,000 toward the seminar.

 

  1. OTHER BUSINESS?

_ Board awaits an invoice from TAPB contest coordinator Cyndy Moore.

_ Next TAPB conference call will be Thursday, April 2, at 10:45 a.m. CDT.

 

Thank you!